What is it?

  • Dizziness related to neck injury or pain


  • Dizziness after neck pain or injury
    • Can last from minutes to hours
  • May have headache
  • Dizziness may decrease as neck pain decreases
  • Imbalance with movements of the head and movements in the environment


  • Whiplash
  • Head injury
  • Brain injury
  • Inner Ear Injury


  • Thorough medical evaluation needed so it is not confused with other causes of dizziness
  • Testing inner ear function to verify the peripheral and central vestibular system is healthy
  • Example testing maneuver: turn the body while the head is held still to see if it causes eye movements or dizziness
    • This maneuver may cause false positives so it must be combined with other clinical tests and symptoms


  • Majority of patients improve with treatment of neck problems
    • Medication, exercise, lessons on proper posture and use of the neck
  • Some patients need vestibular treatment as well
    • Eye and balance exercises, walking, gradual to dizziness inducing environments


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